TranceLordSnyder wrote:Do you know what gas smells like? The actual gas doesn't smell, but there is an additive put in so you can smell if there is a gas leak. I would get a propane and natural gas detector just to make sure you aren't leaking anything, or turn off the gas from your tank or main.
I shut off my pilot light once the weather warms up and turn it back on when it's cold enough to run the fireplace again. I don't see any signs of deterioration. My opinion is, it costs to leave the pilot light on and it's not very environmentally friendly to keep burning gas. I don't know what the right answer is though.
I do know what gas smells like, and fortunately it's not gas. The smell originates after the fireplace is on for 20 minutes or so. It is bad enough that we don't use the fireplace because of it. We had the installer come out and inspect it. He said everything is in working order. The smell might go away after a long burn in. It has not. He said it could be glue in the mantle that heats up and gives off an odor. Regardless, we never use the fireplace because of it.
Since some others have experienced rust and condensation, I guess I'll leave the pilot lit. I don't like paying for gas usage, considering we never use it. But, I guess that's better than the whole thing rusting out.
Thanks for everyone's input!